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Samuel Adams Honey Porter - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Honey PorterSamuel Adams Honey Porter

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634 Reviews
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Reviews: 634
Hads: 904
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 41
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.45% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-12-2002

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Photo of joemeister
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, nearly impenetrable brown, with just a hint of red at the bottom where the light shines through the most. A pleasant, frothy head builds up to about 1/2 an inch and then settles into a nice film.

I can see why they call this "Honey Porter" - the aroma is dominated by a dark, malty sweetness.

After the initial bite of carbonation wanes, the flavor grows into a smooth mix of honey-sweet malts. The finish is a lasting, syrupy sweetness. I like it - a porter should be dark and earthy in foundation, with a sufficient sweetness that gives you that little "lift" in the middle of winter when everything seems so cold and gray.

The mouthfeel is nearing what I would call a full body. A nice lace now covers the glass. This might be my favorite porter to date.

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Photo of rarbring
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is dark brown with a hint of ruby red, a tan colored head that leaves lots of lacing.

Smelling, actually of some sweet honey, but also roasted caramel malt. Dark coffee and chocolate.

The taste is very sweet, syrup and roasted barely, a bit of bitterness at the end. Some orange sourness.

Rather light appearance, medium carbonation, small bubbles a bit watery.

Too bad it's so sweet, as now it must be rather on it's own after dinner to be enjoyable.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Very nice and very dark brown with a nice tan head.
Sm. Malty with some honey? in there. A bit of hops.
Ta. Coffee to start, then a bit of chocolate, balanced sweetness, and a nice soft finish.
Mf. Full and smooth, nice carbonation.
Dr. Very good. Goes down way easy.

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Photo of greywolf
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

as a big fan of sam's beer i have to say that once again i was impresed with this beer thier are only a few of sam adams i do not care for but thats just me of course i will say that to me this beer out does it self in drinkabitly,like other beer that i just drank,,i did not fully apreacte this beer untill i started to enjoy them and not just drink them...if you are a sam adams fan,then this in my eyes should be at the top of your list to try....

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Photo of mgbickel
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Formed a thick, two finger sandy colored head. The head's slow dissipation left behind thick globs of foam on the glass. The body is a clear dark brown color with lighter edges when held up at eye level.

The front of the nose is purely honey and hops. You can pick up some roasted malts in the background. There are bready/doughy undertones present also...

Man...things fall off at the taste. Everything is muted. Honey up front that flows into a finish where you can detect a hop presence (slightly). Roasted flavors come out in the aftertaste.

Light-Medium mouth feel, creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable and (almost) complex, but not flavorful enough to catch a higher rating.

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Photo of lester619
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown mahogony with translucent garnet hues when put to the light. Nice one inch tan head with good retention moderate lacing. Looks good. Some porter-like roasted smokey notes in the smell. Some sugary sweetness is noticable. Nothing overwhelming. This is a sweet beer, as is to be expected with honey in the name. The malts and honey provide the sweet backbone with the roasted dark chocolate coffe flavors far in the back ground. Very smooth. Nice chewy mouthfeel goes down very nicely. It would be better if it had more of a hop bitterness and some more complex roasted smokey notes to balance the sweetness. The sweet is in the driver's seat the whole way. This would be a good introduction to porters for someone used to lighter beers. I liked this beer, but the next time I'm in the mood for a good porter, it wont be the first thing that comes to mind.

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Photo of Quesadilla
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle.Best by Dec.2009.Poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance - Solid Puffy head,dissipates into a comfortable and static thin layer of bubbly goodness.Almost black,but noticeably dark brown.

Smell - Honey upfront,but not too much.It's THERE,but doesn't block the coffee and dark malt smells of your classic porter.Under all of this,the hops provide a solid backbone and makes for a very pronounced sweet/bitter scent.

Taste - Subtle honey,obviously not to clog the taste buds.Refreshingly hoppy,and thankfully not an alpha acid blast.The malt flavors are traditional,very well balanced and...do I taste oats?

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Smooth and silky,very easy to drink and quite refreshing thanks to the generous amounts of hops.

At last,this is one great porter that is quite balanced and blends so well.Damn,my glass is already empty.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not my first time with this beer (in fact I cook with it frequently), but my first time with an eye toward a review. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with a reddish hue. Looks like coca-cola. Creates a one finger tan head which collapses into a cap. Not much lacing.

S: Sugary pastry...cinnamon rolls perhaps? Some roasted coffee beans, too.

T: The coffee is stronger than in the nose, and the pastry's still there. More like coffee cake than anything else. There's sweet honey as well, unsurprisingly. The sweetness leads, but it's countered by a nice, roasted bitterness. Extremely pleasant.

M/D: Lightish body, but creamy. Nice medium carbonation, which creates an excellent mouthfeel. This is an excellently balanced beer. It's excellent for cooking (I use it for bean dishes all the time), and very nice for drinking, too. Probably my favorite Sam Adams offering.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once served in my bayern mug:

A: Matte black color, the foamy head is dark, long lasting and good lacing;

S: Emits malts with chocolate, toffee and coffee sweetened with honey;

T: Roasted malt with chocolate, toffee and coffee and a fund honey and banana, tastes like neapolitan ice cream;

M: Refreshing with a high bitterness, the bitterness is offeset with sweetness of honey but doesn't become cloying, the body is full;

D: another exceptional beer from Samuel Adams.

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Photo of Pedro07
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This guy pours a nice dark, dark brown hue. It's doesn't look as dark as Founder's porter, which is what I now measure all porter's by! An off-white/tan head rises to a full inch. Slight dark ruby hue's shine through. The head slowly falls to a nice thin layer on top. Good lacing all the way.

S- I'm getting coffee, a little toffee flavors and coffee-cake smells. It smells good for sure, which is usually a good indicator of taste to come.

T- Wow, the first thing to hit me is a big, bold and rich coffee flavor. There is definitly a roasted almond taste, a little rich dessert hint in there too that I can can't quite hit on. If I do taste honey, it's on the back. There is too much initial porter on the front to tell. Either way, it's good!

M- Good mouthfeel, this one doesn't feel watery. I was dissapointed by a few before but this one comes through. Not as rich as Founder's, but still good for the style.

D- Oh my, yes this one is quite sessionable. I'm really glad that Boston Beer has been able to basically become a "small-macro" brewer, and yet put out really high quality ales!

With the "Honey" in the name of porter, I was expecting something quite different and unique. Never the less, they did quite a fine job.
Keep staying true Jim, this one's nice!

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Photo of drizzam
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my good buddy cdkrenz for another good beer to review!

A - Poured a clear ruby/brown body with a nice two finger tan head that had excellent retention. Left gorgeous lacing.

S - Sweet caramelized malts, buttery toffee and dark fruit.

T & M - I wouldn't have guessed this was a honey porter by the taste. You get a little honey after the swallow, but not alot in the body. The body is mainly malty with a buttery toffee background and a bit of a hoppy finish. Everything is well balanced as far as the flavors go though. Thin mouthfeel, almost watery. Finishes dry and crisp.

D - I thought this was a decent porter, one that could be almost sessioned. I'm becoming more and more of a fan of Sam Adams every time I try one of their brews.

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Photo of bob3701
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite brews. I had not had this in a while (so many beers so little time) and was happy all over again at my first sip. Deep dark brown color with a light tan head. The honey sweetness is very evident in this big malty beer. Makes it smooth and silky in your mouth. Very subtle underlying tastes of coffee and chocolate. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date: Enjoy before March 2010

Honey Porter pours a deep clear ruby brown with a bubbly tan head which falls quickly leaving a small amount of creamy lacing.

Clover blossom honey is what I pick up from the nose (I've evidently never smelled Scottish Heather Honey before!) with a roasted malt background and hints of milk chocolate and coffee.

Mildly bitter dark chocolate, coffee and caramel toffee starts off on first taste but a nice honey presence quickly takes their place with a finish being a medley of them all along with deeply roasted grains which build toward the end. Nicely balanced flavors. As expected flavors become fuller as it warms. There is also a somewhat earthy tone perhaps English hop related? Very nice though.

Mouthfeel seems a bit lighter than I expected, but that is somewhat deceiving. Creamy and smooth, carbonation is medium, prickling the mouth. Mouthfeel also improves somewhat on warming becoming creamier.

A nicely balanced porter which I could wish were just a bit chewier and more robust in presentation. I do like the honey presence which seems perfectly in balance with the other flavors. I will have no problems finishing the rest of the six pack!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown with purplish highlights, fluffy khaki head, minimal retention and oily lattice like lacing. Smell is of smoke, burnt toast, toffee. Taste is of burnt toast, toffee, light sweet honey notes, somewhat smokey, definite hop presence. Slightly thin and oily for the style. Decent beer, doesnt wow me in any particular way, but enjoyable for its ability to be different.

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Photo of farfromstout
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: When held to the light, you barely get any through it. What does show through is an extremely dark red. A pencil width head. Layering all the way down.

S: Smoky aroma, with the tone of coffee or something.

T: Roasted coffee flavor. Not overwhelming, just right. The "sweetness" from the honey didn't come out till I completely washed it down. Only then I got a hint of sweet.

M: Lighter than the average porter. Smooth.

D: Good to have with a meal. I had settled on just one for my meal and was content.

Overall, very descent for the price and availability.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Medium-tan colored head starts out at an inch and a half. It retreats at a medium pace to about a half inch where it levels off a bit leaving a thick hummocky top. The body is dark brown, and when held to light has a purplish hue.

S - Smokey molasses aroma with a long roast grain base.

T - It has a real English style hops presence. The flavor isn't bitter but it has a pungency to it not often found in a porter. There are hints of chocolate but the hops are the main focus.

M - It has a slight coarseness that's prevalent throughout most of each pull. The texture is felt on the outside edges the top tip of my tongue.

~ Overall this beer is okay. I don't think its something I'd necessarily recommend to my friends but I wouldn't steer them away from it either.

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Photo of mjw06
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

into a 22oz pilsner glass, carried a one and a half finger sized head with mediocre retention and a descent lacing. brew was black, and let little if any light through.

a nice aroma of the trademark sam adams hops, with a slightly toasty hint.

taste like burnt toast with a very slight hint of honey. this isnt a bad thing though, its good. the honey is balanced seemlessly well with the roast and toast of the porter. residual toast on the back of the tongue.

heavy body, with a slightly creamy feel, but this touch is only slight. good mouthfeel overall, but ive never not appreciated the feel of a Sam Adams brew.

a drinkable brew, the taste doesn't jump at you and its heavier than i expected for whatever reason, but its still a good, enjoyable, balanced selection. for me, one of the more favorable widely available selections from sam adams.

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Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very dark brown brew with mahogany highlights. The tan head retains very well and leaves some sticky lacing around.
The aroma is roasted malts with some caramelized sugars and honey with a grains underneath. There's an earthy, smoky note as well.
The flavor follows suit. The honey is fairly prominent, but not more than the malt base, and not too overwhelming but edgin in that direction. The grains are ever present, and there's a caramel and smoke finish. Alcohol's stronger than the ABV would seem to imply.
There's a nice smoothness in the feel. Carbonation is moderate and the body is medium.
There's a touch of astringent and the sweetness takes just a little off an otherwise good drinkability.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, when held up to light I can see some mahogany, but even when held up to light it is very dark. Almost a two finger head that leaves a lot of lacing. The smell is has a very strong roasted malt character, and a sweetness from the honey. The taste is again roasted malt and honey along with a hint of chocolate malt and a hoppy finish.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a clear, filtered dark brown, nearing black, forming a creamy light tan head with yellow accents. Retention is good, and lacing is average. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very English as one could guess from the ingredients...there is that ruddy soapy cardboardy nose I get from alot of English Ales, and I'm not particularly fond of, as well as honey when swirled and some buttery diacetyl (Wormwood?). Carbonation is fine and contributes to a smoother than anticipated mouthfeel, with a medium-dense body. The taste begins with wet cardboard, diacetyl, followed by a touch of honey sweetness and roasted grains in the middle

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color that has a bit of redness about it as well. Can just barely see through this one. Has a slightly tanned head that fades fairly quick and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Nose has some honey sweetness in it as well as some slight chocolate notes. Taste is a bit metallic but also has some chocolate and coffee mixed in there as well. The yeast is noticable in this beer. Finishes crisp with a bit of bitterness from the hops and barley. Mouthfeel is medium on this one and carbination is tingly. Overall drinkability is quite good.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Marked 'best fresh by'...oooh...two months ago. Well here goes.

Pours a deep deep brown color, hints of mahogany red when held to light. Lacing is gorgeously sticky, head settles nicely to about 1/4 inch.

Smell is of sweet (quite possibly the honey) chocolaty malt, piercing sting of hops comes in.

The beer initially presents with roasted chocolate malt flavor, and is capped with a bite of hops. Wonderful 1-2 punch. The honey was only really noticeable in the first few sips. However, I wish this was maltier, with a bit more roasted taste. Beggars can't be choosers though. All around solid.

Mouthfeel is not bad, but just lacking. The hoppy finish is pleasant and dry, but the malty flavors really have to be swilled around to come out strongly. For a porter, the body/feel is even a little too heavy.

Overall, a solid porter. Not amazing, but very good. Sam Adams does the job again. The honey taste might put people off from drinking a lot of this, but it is a little heavy to do that anyway.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, almost black with a red tone. The head is creamy white and leaves nice lacings.

S: Honey, roasted malt (sweet malt), spicey, faint hops and coffee.

T: Dry, heavy roasted malt, dry bitter hops, faint floral notes (reminds me of malt whisky - could it be honey from heather?). And nice coffee notes.

M: Dry, bitter and very powerfull.

D: A very nice porter, surprisingly dry since there is honey in it - but very nice. I had it with hamburger and french fries (at a pub, not McDonald's). It was great - try it!

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is quite cola-like.. very dark with some reddish areas where the light passes thru.. thin off-white head. Not much viscosity. As a stout it would be a disappointment but it is a porter so I suppose that maeks it fairly good for its style. Not much aroma at all to pick up on, only the faintest hint of malt. Flavor is malty and dark.. not much honey characteristic, in fact I would never guess it was supposed to be a honey porter unless told so. Mouth is sort of thin, bordering watery.. definitely not very full-bodied. It drinks easy but its not very flavorful or too impressive so I wouldn't buy it again unless having no other real options.

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Photo of emsroth
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: Almost black with hues of red when held up to the light. 1 finger creamy head. Thick lace.

Smell: Sweet and sour malt. Perhaps some brown sugar.

Taste: Light flavor up front, very refreshing. Followed next by a coffee and british hop bitterness. A touch of honey sweetness in the end, but probably only because of the name.

Nice light medium body that completely refreshes. That's why I'm much more of a porter man than a stout man and a lager man than an ale man.

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Samuel Adams Honey Porter from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.